Steve Earle (1988) Copperhead Road 12″ Promo

Very Brief:
I did not listen to a lot of country music in the 80s or 90s. There were some country artists that crossed over that I would listen to such as Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, etc. So, when I first heard “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle, I assumed that was the first single he’d ever released and just considered him a new artist at that point.  I’ve assumed that since 1988 up until just a few minutes ago when I looked him up on Wikipedia and discovered he had released 6 Top 40 country singles prior to “Copperhead Road”. And, “Copperhead Road” didn’t even chart on the country charts, instead it was a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart. One other thing, the record label lists the A-Side of this record as being 5:48 long which would be over 1 minute longer than the album cut if it were true. Alas, it isn’t true, it’s only 4:29 in length, same as the album. The b-side is an edit that runs 3:59 in playing time. Despite the disappointment of discovering the track time on the a-side was wrong, this is still a great song and well worth a listen.

Steve Earle (1988) Copperhead Road 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: UNI/MCA Records
Catalog#: L33-10002
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1988

Steve Earle (1988) Copperhead Road 12" PromoThe A Side:
Copperhead Road 5:48 4:29

The B Side:
Copperhead Road (Edited Version) 3:59

The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Top Rock/Album Rock Tracks 10/29/88 0 10 13

The Equipment:
Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Yamaha RX-Z1 A/V Receiver
Sony PCM-R300 DAT Deck
Turtle Beach Catalina sound card
Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Scanner
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII

The Software:
Cool Edit Pro
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Microsoft ICE

The Links:


Copperhead Road FLAC

Copperhead Road MP3

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Copperhead Road

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5 Responses to “Steve Earle (1988) Copperhead Road 12″ Promo”

  1. George Price says:

    I’ve known about Steve Earle since 1986,when his first MCA single, “Guitar Town”,was released. Steve apparently now lives here in Houston, as he’s regularly seen around.

    • djrichiep says:

      I got into Dwight Yoakam in 1986, didn’t notice Steve until a couple of years later.

      • George Price says:

        That’s when I heard Dwight as well. Funny thing is,and this was back when MTV showed videos,I saw Dwight’s guitars,Cadillacs,Ect. video right after – of all videos – the Motley Crue version of Smokin’ In The Boys Room. Very odd combination,even then!

  2. SimonP says:

    I bought the UK 12″ because of that misprinted track duration and already had the album! >:(

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